National Operational Programme on Enterprises and Competitiveness


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Programme description

Main objectives

The programme covers EU funding to the less developed and transition regions of Italy under the "Investment for growth and jobs goal", amounting to EUR 1 776 000 000, provided from the resources of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The programme will implement 4 operational priorities covering 4 thematic objectives: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation, (2) enhancing access to, use and quality of ICT, (3) enhancing competitiveness of SMEs, and (4) supporting shift towards a low carbon economy.

Funding priorities

The main areas for investment to be supported under the programme include: promoting business investment in research and innovation (29.8%) deployment of ultra-high speed broadband infrastructure (100 Mbps and higher) targeting areas of high concentration of enterprises (9.7%), promoting entrepreneurship, developing and implementing of new business models and supporting SME growth through increased capacity to develop new products and services, internationalisation and penetration of new markets (35.8%) and promoting use of renewable energy in enterprises and implementation of smart distribution systems, to maximise available production potential of renewable energies (21.2%). The remaining 3.5% will be used for technical assistance to support the implementation of the programme.

The programme foresees that overall 50.4% of EU resources will be implemented through financial instruments, including 76.9% of support to SMEs, 55% of support for research and innovation and 22.5% of support to low-carbon economy.

Expected results

Key results to be delivered under the programme include: significant increase in enterprises' collaborative activity in the field of research and innovation (expected increase by 5% and 10% respectively for less developed and transition regions), 85% coverage of ultra-high speed broadband for 100 Mbps or higher, 1% increase in employment generated by new enterprises, 2% increase in private investment, 1% increase in the level of external trade in the manufacturing sector, 3.5% increase in the level of innovation by the productive sector and 9% increase in the share of renewable energy consumed.


  • Italy


  • Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 4,526,212,797.00 €

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Financial information

Total OP budget: 5,544,934,293.00 €

Total EU contribution: 4,526,212,797.00 €

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CCI number: 2014IT16RFOP003